Fighting Hunger and Homelessness


On February 5, 2009, President Barack Obama signed and established the Executive Order 13498 which serves as amendments to Executive Order 13199. The Executive Order 13498 creates the President’s Advisory Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. This advisory council is made up of 25 members (some of whom are from New York areas) appointed by the President; they will function for 2 years from the date of the Executive Order 13498 unless extended by the President.

The members of the Advisory Council are versed in faith-based and neighborhood partnership organizations. They are not employed by the Federal government. One of their functions or mission is to bring together experts and leaders in the fields of faith-based and neighborhood partnership organizations in order to ascertain the most appropriate avenue to deliver social services to the needy.

President Obama has shown his feelings, love, and empathy to the needy as indicated in Section 1 of the Executive Order 13498: “Faith-based and other neighborhood organizations are vital to our Nation’s ability to address the needs of low-income and other underserved persons and communities. The American people are key drivers of fundamental change in our country, and few institutions are closer to the people than our faith-based and other neighborhood organizations” (Federal Register, 2009, February 5, 74(25), 6533). The White House Office of Faith- Based and Neighborhood Partnerships will serve Americans and nonprofit organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life of individuals in their various communities without considering their religious or political beliefs. President Obama has appointed Joshua DuBois, a former pastor as the Executive Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mount Olives will endeavor to collaborate with other organizations that share our mission in a bid to facilitate speedy and relevant service delivery to the communities. We are working seriously to add services that will address some of the economic crisis in the neighborhoods.